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Shoplifting couple gets prison

SAN MARCOS — A San Marcos couple who confessed on a national TV show to earning six-figures a year by selling stolen merchandise on the Internet was sentenced March 22 to prison.
A federal judge sentenced Matthew Eaton, 34, to 27 months in prison, while his 27-year-old wife, Laura, received 12 months. The couple, who has three children — ages 5, 3 and 2 — pleaded guilty in December to one count of conspiracy to transport stolen property in interstate commerce.
The Eatons were arrested on Sept. 11, 2009, at their home on Leslie Court. They caught the eye of federal prosecutors when they appeared on the “Dr. Phil” TV show and boasted how they shoplifted to support their lifestyle.